Why not Homeschool? The disadvantages
and advantages, pros and cons of homeschooling. Objections you
may hear about why you shouldn't homeschool your children, and
reasons you can give to counter these arguments.
Answers to Objections
This is a new idea. How do you know it will work? The shared
government school experience is essential to our nation. Government
schools were good enough for us, so they should be good enough
for our children. By Fred Worth.
Are Homeschoolers Selfish?
Anti-homeschooling perspective #5,439: Homeschoolers are selfish
for not letting their kids go to school. By Tammy Takahashi.
Does Home Schooling Hurt Kids?
CNN Crossfire. Aired September 3, 2001. Host Bill Press, on the
left. On the right Tucker Carlson. In the crossfire, Michael
Ferris, general counsel to the Home School Legal Defense Association,
and Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association
of Secondary School Principals.
I seem to be getting along just fine in life without these particular
bits of knowledge, but who knows if my life might have been different,
somehow richer, if I'd learned those things? How can I not want
the very best for my children, and how can I not worry about
the potential for doing them educational harm by taking them
from school? Answered by Helen Hegener, HEM 5/6 2002.
Emotional Aspects of Homeschooling
Are you convinced about the value of homeschooling as far as
education goes but uncertain about whether you are temperamentally
suited to the task? MHLA.
4 Lousy Reasons for Not Homeschooling Super Sisters, a sub-section of PBS Parents online, appears akin to reality television shows, only occurring online and focusing on three sisters who are raising children. A recent post from one of the sisters features "school troubles" with her third grader. She also outlines her options to address the problems, one of which is homeschooling.
Homeschooling, the chance of a lifetime!
I would encourage anyone to homechool if it "feels"
right to you. Make a list of pros and cons, judge whether or
not you (or whoever will be teaching her) can work together and
try it. If the child is not being happily socialized now, you
have nothing to lose. By Martha Kate Downey.
I am not qualified to homeschool
According to the rantings of many an education expert, I am not qualified to homeschool my kids. By Andrea Hermitt, Atlanta Homeschooling Examiner.
I, too, Cry in the Night
I remember the first time of many times I cried, certain that
I was ruining my son's life with my oddball ideas and non-traditional
approach. By Gail Nagasako is a homeschooling mother of one and
the founder of HAPPY, a homeschool support group in the state of Hawaii.
The Ideal Placement
Though this article is about the pros and cons of homeschooling
a deaf or hard of hearing child, many of the concerns are faced
by all parents considering this move.
Illiberal Education: Constitutional Constraints on Homeschooling
The paper relies on federal state action doctrine and state constitution education clauses to argue that states must - not may or should - regulate homeschooling to ensure that parents provide their children with a basic minimum education and check rampant forms of sexism. By Kim Yuracko, Northwestern University School of Law.
Is home education time-consuming?
Many people assume that home education is extremely time-consuming
for the parents. In a way this is true, because education happens all day long.
Is Home School Right for Your Kids?
The first and most frightening thing for parents is that homesechooling
places the responsibility for their child's education squarely
in their lap. By Laura Pickford Ramirez.
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
To help other parents who're considering homeschooling, I've
compiled a new list of pros and cons. This list is based on both
my experience and the experiences of dozens of families who've
shared with me the ups and downs of their day-to-day homeschooling.
By Isabel Shaw.
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
Have you noticed how hard it is to find someone who will give you the pros and the cons? You know, together? The anti-homeschooling brigade doesn't know the good stuff; homeschoolers don't want to scare you off with any hint of difficulty, and anyway we're so sick of all the criticism we have to field from civilians that many of us are in Persistent Cheerleading Mode when it comes to the subject of homeschooling. By The Bitter Homeschooler, from Secular Homeschooling, Issue #7, July 2009.
The Real Cons of Homeschooling
You've read about them in homeschooling articles, you've heard
them brought up in conversaion, and you may have even written
a letter or blog entry defending against them - that's right,
we're talking about the CONS OF HOMESCHOOLING. (Insert suspense
movie music here.) By Tammy Takahashi.
Who Have Seen Homeschooling Fail
Jill Manty writes: As a public school teacher, I never met a
successful homeschool family. Why? Because they were busy homeschooling,
and their kids weren't in and out of the school system.
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Homeschool
This then led to a long discussion about what makes a homeschool
family unsuccessful. So much for supportive, helpful comments
about homeschooling by experienced parents.
They Don't Have to Go
What was school like for you? I usually get one of two responses
to this question: either general memories of intense boredom
and frustration, or an enthusiastic description of one or two
really good teachers who provided an inspiring, enlightening,
Why I Shouldn't Homeschool
It's up to the family to decide in which direction reasons to
homeschool or not to homeschool take them as individuals. By
Carol Narigon, HEM J/F 05.
Drawing from 22 years experience as a homeschool support group leader, counselor and the mother of a homeschooled son, Ms. Nagasako shows you can provide a robust education tailored to your child and still have lots of time to enjoy family life together.
Back : A Century of Failed School Reforms
by Ravitch, Diane Ravitch
"Whenever the academic curriculum was diluted or minimized,
large numbers of children were pushed through the school system
without benefit of a genuine education," she writes. 2001
Deschooling Our Lives
by Matt Hern (Editor)
A provocative, practical response to the crisis in our schools,
this book argues boldly for replacing compulsory schooling with
a wide variety of home, neighborhood, and community-based educational
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